Thursday, 21 June 2012

Cambridgeshire Schools Join National School Sport Week


Schools throughout Cambridgeshire have a wide variety of events planned to celebrate national School Sport Week next week.

Many are using an Olympics theme for events such as special sports days, while some will be welcoming athletes and medal winners. As London 2012 approaches, organisers of School Sport Week are giving schools the chance to be part of special events such as the Olympic Torch Relay and London 2012 World Sport Day. It is being promoted as an opportunity for schools to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and use the power of the games to inspire young people, parents and the community to get involved. Great Gidding Primary School is holding a World Sports Day and a community Race for Life, while St Alban's Primary in Cambridge has organised a game of goalball - a paralympic game which requires children to play blindfold.

Olympic hockey coach Glenn Kirkham will be working with children at Mayfield Primary School in Cambridge, and Clarkson Infants School in Wisbech is staging a mini Olympics week and sports day.

Oakington Primary is holding a whole school Olympics Week running from 27 June to 4 July - the week will begin with an opening ceremony, children will be grouped across the school into 'countries' and will be following a curriculum of sports, history, geography, art, PSHE, music and English activities.

Ashbeach Primary School are researching the history of the Olympics and putting on a show for parents, while Houghton, Wyton and Spaldwick Primary Schools will be joining together to run a series of mini-olympic events at their schools next week. Thorndown Primary in St Ives is also hosting a mini-olympics sports day. Pupils at Isleham Primary are holding a sponsored fun run, and each will be presented with an 'olympic' medal. The money raised will be used to fund a traversing wall for the school playground. The school has also organised for a replica Olympic torch to be passed between all neighbouring schools.

Paralympian Sean Rose will be opening Eynesbury Primary School's sports week, while Olympic torchbearer Paul Jasper will be opening their sports day.

As part of their own sports day, Dry Drayton Primary School is holding a draw to win the tickets to the Olympics hockey or football events which the school successfully bid for.

Youngsters from Kennett Primary School will be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to study the history of the Olympics,